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Posted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:22 am Post subject: McGuinty, Stelmach least popular premiers
McGuinty, Stelmach flop opinion poll
By QMI Agency
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams is the highest-rated provincial head of government in Canada, according to an Angus-Reid poll released Thursday.
The charismatic, and always controversial, premier remains a hit with is province, with more than three in four respondents (78%) approving of Williams' performance.
That's a far cry from the two premiers at the bottom of the online survey – Ontario's Dalton McGuinty scored 18% and Alberta's Ed Stelmach scored 14%.
The poll sampled 7,000 Canadians in nine provinces.
Both McGuinty and Stelmach slipped considerably since the last poll results from August.
At that time, 23% of respondents approved of McGuinty's performance, and 25% approved of Stelmach.
Saskatchewan's Brad Wall made second on the list of popular premiers with 58% approval, but even he slipped from the 60% he enjoyed in August.
Nova Scotia's Darrell Dexter -- who took office in June -- was next with 43%.
The approval rating for Manitoba's Greg Selinger was 29%, but half of respondents in his province are undecided about the way he has performed.
Selinger took over from Gary Doer in October.
Quebec Premier Jean Charest received a positive review from only 25% of respondents, while the proportion is slightly lower for British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell (21%) and New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham (20%).
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